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Pirates- Can a Change be made?
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Aunt Pittypat
Aunt Pittypat
Well-Connected

Mar-14-2008 07:54

I would like to see a limit on the number of times the Pirates can attack you in a day. I was attacked 3 times going from Shangai to London. So now I am stuck in Shangai and I am unable to play a game that I am paying for. I subscribed to play 12 cases a day. Doesn't really seem fair that I don't get to play ANY.

I think pirates should attack once a day. OR put something in place so that not ALL of your cases are taken. Yes, I know about Hostage Negotiation but for new players trying to get other skills this is really bad.

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Diane Russell
Diane Russell
Well-Connected

Mar-14-2008 11:51

Anikka,

I like the bribe idea! And I agree on the daily limit.

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Mar-14-2008 12:58

Most of you guys weren't around when the Pirates first showed up on the scene, but for months up to their introduction, we had a guy around here, Jroepel, who was absolutely OBSESSED with pirates. None of us at the time knew what they would be doing, just that they would be part of the newest expansion, and he thought that was the greatest thing ever! He was on the edge of his seat, and driving most of us nuts for weeks before the Shangri-la expansion rolled out.

Finally, the first day of the expansion came, and JR took off for Shangri-la from his home like his tail had been set on fire. Instantly, he met up with the pirates! (This was when you could actually be pirated on your way to and from Shangri-la.) Suddenly, he wasn't so thrilled about the pirates. Then, he tried heading to Shangri-la again. And guess what....Yep, two for two. ;-)

Our resident pirate maniac was the first person not only to be pirated, but to lose all his cases because of them. He was NOT a happy camper!! ;-)

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Mar-14-2008 13:03

Logging off and waiting a few minutes before traveling again USUALLY works, yes. I do think all of Ani's ideas have merit though. It seems like the ones who need the most help get hit the worst by pirates, and there's little anybody can do about it. I hope this idea gets some contemplation from Admin.

My sympathies, Pittypat. I hope things go better for you tomorrow. ;-)

Aunt Pittypat
Aunt Pittypat
Well-Connected

Mar-14-2008 13:32

Vampiric, I DID wait. I waited 30 minutes the first time. Got attacked. Went to lunch, did some some shopping, came back at least 2 hours later and got attacked the THIRD time. So unfortunately, waiting the 5 minutes doesn't always work. :-( At least it did not work for me.

I realize this is part of the game. But it would be nice to have been able to play today since I really enjoy Sleuthing.

Diane Russell
Diane Russell
Well-Connected

Mar-14-2008 13:39

Breitkat, your story made me LOL.

I hate pirates now. I want to be on a personal mission to destroy the pirates.

Pirates Delenda Est!

Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Mar-14-2008 15:25

LMAO Breit I remember that time well, it was so funny. I do agree with all mentioned though, it is tough if you're just starting out especially when you're trying to get all of your contacts.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-14-2008 16:54

It is a bit harsh I admit, for newer players. I mean I had all my contacts when the pirates came to town.

Bribery would be OK, but then later it negates the value of the Tea Steeper skill that exempts you from Pirating.

I think if Admin could limit the amount of times you were pirated going from A to B as being 1 that would be fair.

The other thing is that you can't get pirated going back and forth from Shangri la. So it's probably in your best interest if you're going to do a lot of traveling or villain hunting to chase down those Tea Steepers.

topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Mar-14-2008 19:11

ooooh, i haven't been pirated yet!! and i've finished my cases for the day.

now that i've said that, i'll probably be balling me eyes out on this thread tomorrow heehee.

do pirates attack when you are on an AVH? and how much exactly do they take? if it's a percentage of your total money then i guess it's probably a good idea to store some money in the agency safe before travelling?

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Mar-14-2008 19:47

Unfortunately, they can attack at ANY time except to or from Shangri-la. Doesn't matter where you're going or what you're doing. If you don't have hostage negotiation, they will prevent you from reaching your destination and take away the travel fee you would have paid.

No, they don't take away your entire stash of cash (unless that's all the cash you're traveling with in the first place, in which case, good luck bud, you're thumbin' it...;-), and no they don't take away all your cases at one time, just the number of cases it would have cost you for that specific trip. Yes, you can try again, as long as you have cases and cash to cover your next trip, but be warned, the pirates may very well strike again, as Pittypat and JR can tell you.

Count yourself lucky, Top, cause eventually you WILL get pirated one of these days. We all have, unfortunately. :-/

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Santa's Little Helper

Mar-14-2008 20:21

God know I've cursed the pirates until my throat was raw, but I'm not sure (at this time) that anything should be done about them. That's quite a statement since (ask anyone) I almost always come down on the side of change. I don't have Hostage Negotiation or Trap Detection, so I simply lack sufficient information to determine how a change would affect the game balance, so I have to default in favor of status quo.

From the more experienced Sleuths... how does being held up by the pirates compare to being booted out of the pyramids because of traps? Please consider relative frequency (pirate attacks per total #of trips vs trapping out per total # of maps tried) as well time and finances lost. I'm genuinely interested.

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